Actress is the stage name of Darren J. Cunningham, a British electronic musician and producer known for his experimental style and unique approach to music production. Born in Wolverhampton, England, Cunningham has been active in the music industry since 2004.
Cunningham's music under the Actress moniker is characterized by its blending of different electronic genres, from techno and house to ambient and IDM. His tracks often feature unconventional structures, distorted sounds, and a sense of melancholy. His work is frequently described as "R&B concrete," a term that reflects his ability to transform traditional R&B into something abstract and challenging.
Over the course of his career, Actress has released several critically acclaimed albums. His debut album 'Hazyville' was released in 2008 on his own label Werkdiscs, followed by 'Splazsh' in 2010 which was voted one of the best albums of the year by The Wire Magazine. Perhaps his most celebrated work is 'Ghettoville', released in 2014, which Pitchfork praised for its "bleak and beautiful" soundscapes.
In addition to his solo work, Actress has collaborated with various artists across different disciplines. In 2018, he worked with the London Contemporary Orchestra to create 'LAGEOS', an album that combined electronic music with classical instrumentation.
Despite his relatively low profile outside of electronic music circles, Actress continues to be a significant influence within the genre.